Ayre and the Crystal Comet Review (PlayStation 5)

For our Ayre and the Crystal Comet Review, We take the role of Ayre, a young woman with a rare companion, the last living dragon. Having spent years traveling far and wide to learn where her dragon came from, Ayre believes she has located the homeland of an ancient dragon-riding civilization called the Skyriders. Having reached these lands, Ayre must now unlock its many elusive secrets.

Ayre and the Crystal Comet Review Pros:

  • Nice Minimalistic graphics.
  • 582.9MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Adventure gameplay.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Open world.
  • Play how you like.
  • 400 gens to collect and it saves every time you pick one up.
  • 40 races – fly through the rings within the time limit to win gear.
  • Human and Dragon armor to be found and earned.
  • Puzzle elements involving spheres.
  • Shrines hold back the story and can be found.
  • Full stats screen.
  • Piano heavy soundtrack.
  • Flight has both simplified and advanced options.
  • Earn upgrade points for top speed, glide speed, speed boost, boost recovery, max altitude, dive gain, and climb loss.
  • You can travel the land by air or on foot.
  • Many secrets are to be found.
  • Easy trophy list.
  • Your dragon can be called and petted.
  • A lot to find and do.
  • The map fills in as you discover Collectibles and landmarks.
  • Day and night cycle.
  • Click between the first and third person at any time.

Ayre and the Crystal Comet Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • The controls are clunky and slow.
  • Calling your dragon can have him land anywhere but near you and if you don’t see him land then you have no idea where he is.
  • You cannot hit markers or collect gems when on the dragon but the dragon can block you.
  • Sphere puzzles are tedious as they usually involve trying to push a sphere around, it’s smaller than you and it’s all very frustrating.
  • The armor part of the game feels redundant.
  • No online leaderboards for the races.
  • Tutorial pop-ups are slow and always behind.
  • Scenery pop-ins and pop up happen frequently.
  • Rings in races don’t always clearly spawn.
  • The camera bobs around as you walk and it cannot be turned off.
  • The animations are very robotic and unnatural in their movements.
  • The music grates very quickly.
  • The day-night cycle only had more hindrance by making it harder to see things.

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Ayre and the Crystal Comet:

Official website.

Developer: Gordon Little

Publisher: eastasiasoft 

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10


In best case scenario I was hoping for a slightly watered-down Panzer Dragoon experience or a place where I could just fly around and explore, and to be fair I can explore but the controls and camera make it a harder task than trying to play Dark Souls blindfolded! It’s a game that could be good but so many little things build into a massive headache and honestly, I landed up resenting playing the game. The races are uneventful and only a challenge in trying to find the bastard rings, the gems are plentiful but glow so bright you cannot help but see them, and the dragon whilst cool looking, is just a pain in the ass. I hate how I can’t ride the dragon and push spheres around but yet the sphere can be stopped by him when I’m off the dragon? The controls have simplified and advanced but to be honest it’s more like just barely manageable to where the fuck are you going I pressed left! It does have easy trophies though, but only if you manage to tame the beast and medicate your way through it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!